What Every College Freshman Needs To Know About Drinking

What Every College Freshman Needs To Know About Drinking

Drinking is a tradition in college. Read this article before you go out the first night.


To many people, part of the college experience is going out drinking. The first month of college is notorious for hospital visits because of intoxication. You can easily avoid the hospital bills and failing grades by following these tips.

1. 1 beer = 1 glass of wine = 1 shot

Before someone hands you a drink you should understand how much alcohol it contains. Canned beers are usually a safe bet whereas mixed drinks are usually where people get messy. Different liquors have different proofs, which is a measurement of how much alcohol is in the liquor.

A can of Natty Light has a proof of 8 (4% ABV) where Smirnoff is 80 proof (40% ABV). Everclear is 190 proof (95% ABV) which is usually what you'll find in jungle juice.

2. Drink slowly at the pregame or miss the actual game

Everybody loves a good pregame but make sure you can actually make it to the actual party. It takes about 30 minutes to feel the real effect of a drink so if you're slamming shots from the start you're probably going to have a short night and painful morning. Pour yourself a mixed drink and give yourself some time to enjoy it.

3. Eat and drink water before and after you go out

If you know you are going to be ingesting an obscene amount of alcohol try to help your body a little bit by fueling it. At the end of the night, you'll feel more nauseous on an empty stomach than a full one. Order your drunk snacks before you go out so you don't have to wait for them when you get home. Put a glass of water next to your bed and chug it before you pass out for the night.

4. Know the signs of alcohol poisoning

There is a fair chance you or someone you know will have alcohol poisoning at least once. Signs of alcohol poisoning are vomiting, confusion, slow breathing, and unconsciousness. It is not normal to pass out while drinking or being unable to walk home.

If you think someone has alcohol poisoning do not be afraid of calling 911. Most colleges have a Good Samaritan law when it comes to underage drinking. People don't always just sleep it off.

5. Take care of your friends

No one should be walking home from a party when they're drunk. If you're going out with a group you should also be committed to leaving with that group, or tell them you're leaving with someone else. If you notice your friend doing something they shouldn't it's your responsibility to take care of them and keep them safe.

6. Mixing alcohol with drugs

A hard and fast rule is you shouldn't mix hard or psychoactive drugs with alcohol. Enjoy one or the other but not both. If you're someone who enjoys smoking weed and drinking understand how the effects on you changes. You're going to need to drink less to get the same feeling. Booze and weed are both depressants. There is a very fine line between being lit and being too crossfaded.

7. Not everyone drinks during college

Drinking isn't for everyone and that's totally normal. You don't need alcohol to have a good time. If you'd rather be studying on a Friday night or watching Netflix in bed don't feel bad about it. Partying in college isn't everything, but passing your classes is.

Don't pressure people into drinking because you probably don't know (or need to know) why they made that decision. There are a lot of reasons why someone chooses not to drink and they're all valid. Live and let live.

Now, go out and get lit and live to tell the stories over brunch.

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Read This For The Moments In College You Just Want To Give Up

You got this kid.


Your stress is real. Your stress is valid. There is no reason to feel guilty for feeling overwhelmed when you know everyone else is just as overwhelmed. You feeling overwhelmed and stressed is just as valid.

Yes, it may seem like assignments are never-ending. It may seem like you cannot get all your poop in a bucket. It may seem like you do not have this. But you do.

Because you are strong and you have made it this far. It does not matter if you are in the first weeks of your classes or in the last weeks. You made it this far and you should be proud of yourself for all the work you have done.

Finances may be tight, but know it won't be this way for long. You have a community around you who know finances like the back of your hand and know how to help you make the right money moves. It is okay to ask for help. It is okay to need help. Just breathe, and reach out.

Grades may not be where you want them to be. However, look at the points you have earned and be proud that you have earned points. Look at your future assignments and plan accordingly and be prepared to celebrate your future success.

Take the time to reach out to your professors, even if they seem unapproachable, take a chance. 9 times out of 10 they will be more than happy to assist you and give guidance on how to be successful in their classes. Make sure to utilize your resources your school provides as well (tutoring, academic help center, librarians, friends in your courses, IA's/TA's). It is okay to ask for help. It is okay to need help.

Take a deep breath in. Breathe in for ten seconds and hold your breath. Let it out slowly and know that you are human. You are a human created in the image of our wonderful maker who knows your heart, knows your struggles, knows your situation and knows your worries. And is ready to have you lean into him for rest, peace, and wisdom. All you have to do is ask for his will to be done.

You are smart, no matter what your GPA says. You are qualified to be here. You have the right to your education. You have the power to change your situation. There is always a way out or a way to fix the issue or issues at hand. It simply just is picking up the phone and calling that person for help. It is simply emailing your counselor asking for resources. It is simply talking to that scary professor, who after you speak with, really isn't that scary.

Take a deep breath in. Breathe in for ten seconds and hold your breath. Let it out slowly and know that you are human. Know that you are wanted, you are valued, and you feeling this way is okay. And there is someone out there who wants to hear about your worries and wants to help you.

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5 Steps For University Students To Stay On Track While Dreaming Of Summer

Summer Break Is Right Around The Corner! Here Are 5 Steps To Staying Focused During The Home Stretch.


As summer break approaches, it's hard not to automatically switch our focus from practical schoolwork to exciting summer plans. Whether you're going home just to relax or you're jetting off to an alluring foreign country, the idea of summer is appealing when you're stuck cramming for finals and finishing projects. It may be tempting to spend time daydreaming about all your fantastic plans; however, it's important to finish the semester just as strong as you started it. Here are some tips that I have found helpful to keep me on track before my fun-filled summer.

1. Keep an Organized Routine

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It's easy to lose track of all the tasks you have to complete, especially when your mind is pre-occupied. Therefore, it's important to keep a list of everything you have to do. Whenever a professor or club president announces an important date, I quickly jot it down on my notes app. It's an easy reference, as a phone is an essential accessory for most, and it's liberating to backspace the text of a task you've already completed.

2. Make healthy choices

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Focusing on exercise, proper nutrition and keeping your mind healthy are good ways to distract yourself in a positive and constructive way. By making healthy choices, you will also make yourself feel better and work towards a good summer body!

3. Immerse yourself in on-campus events

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As a university student, it is likely that there are events going on around campus in the coming weeks (it could be anywhere from sporting events to a movie festival). Keeping myself busy with school-sponsored events (such as our upcoming spring football game, and club meetings) to outside volunteering and charity helps me pass the time before summer productively. There are so many ways to get involved with your school, be sure to ask your peers about organizations they're interested in, check local message boards, or look on Facebook to see what you could do!

4. Let off some steam by having fun with friends

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While it's important to stay focused on work, having fun with the friends you have made in college is a vital part of ending your semester. Make sure to make time to relax and do fun activities with friends such as hitting local restaurants or planning exciting staycations in your area. Studying with a group or doing work with friends in your classes is also a great way to connect with people while getting through finals season.

5. Enjoy yourself!

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Remember, college only lasts once! As much as you are itching to get to your fun summer plans, remember that one day you'll probably reminisce on these memories and wish that college could last longer. In other words, make the most of your experience! When you are feeling the stress of school and exam season, make sure to remind yourself of the more exciting parts of college and all that you have accomplished.

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